Traverse City Record-Eagle

Archive: Sunday

January 27, 2013

Travel in Brief: 01/27/13

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Erratic bats

GATLINBURG, Tenn. — Officials in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park caution that there have been numerous reports of bats acting erratically and warn people to avoid contact with them.

Park biologists say bats should be hibernating now, but some have been seen flying in erratic ways during the day and diving toward people. Bats can carry diseases, including rabies. Any skin-to-skin contact is dangerous. Heath officials say people who have touched bats should seek immediate medical advice.

High-tech art

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Museum of Art is opening a high-tech gallery meant to electronically connect art fans and the museum's renowned collection.

Called Gallery One, it has a 40-foot multi-touch screen that displays images of more than 3,500 items from the collection. It will allow visitors to match their faces to works of art or strike a pose from a Rodin sculpture.

Visitors can download tours or create their own on iPads. A new iPad application will allow visitors to learn how works of art were created and where.

MGM unveils Wi-Fi

LAS VEGAS — MGM Resorts is unveiling Wi-Fi networks that will allow visitors at its Las Vegas casinos free wireless Internet access in public areas.

The company said the system is already in effect at the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. It's expected to be installed this year in the Monte Carlo, New York-New York, Luxor and Excalibur. Company officials say basic Internet access is available to anyone who comes into public areas such as the lobby, pool area, casino and restaurants, and doesn't require a password.

Hotel guests get an upgraded service, and convention attendees can upgrade to top speeds.

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